Boston Bruins Prepare For An Emotional Evening (LINKS)

The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday's contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday’s contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It is expected to be an emotional evening at the TD Garden as the Boston Bruins play host to the Buffalo Sabres.

The game, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. face-off, will mark the first time the Black and Gold skate on their home ice since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. And while we’re still a few minutes away from the contest, we thought we’d provide a few links from around the web about this particular contest.

Bruins-Sabres Links

* Bruins coach Claude Julien knows a win would be huge for the city

* FOX Sports has an article about how the Bruins will help with the healing process

* Black and Gold supporters should feel extra safe this evening as security will be “tight” at the Garden, according to the Associated Press

* Boston Globe’s Matt Peppin posted a few notes about this evening’s game on the Bruins Blog, along with a tidbit about Brad Marchand, who will be raffling off his suite for the team’s first home playoff game with all the proceeds benefiting Martin Richard‘s family.

* Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy blogged about the Bruins donations toward the families affected by the bombings

* Similar to the Bruins, the Sabres know this game will be emotional

* NESN will be updating their LIVE Blog throughout the evening and you can access it by CLICKING HERE

Daily Noontime – April 6, 2012

Austin Jackson drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, which helped Detroit defeat Boston on Opening Day! (Photo Credit: Nashua Telegraph)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means we’re a few hours away from a brand-spanking new weekend! So, let’s pass the time with some headlines and news from the city of champions…Boston!

* Despite a ninth inning rally to tie the game, Detroit’s Austin Jackson drove in the game winning run in the bottom half of the same frame, which helped the Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day, 3-2. Jon Lester lasted seven innings, and gave up six hits, one run and struck out four batters, while Justin Verlander recorded eight innings on the bump and fanned seven batters.

* Boston and Detroit will resume their three-game series on Saturday, Apr. 7 – first pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm.

* For the second night in a row, the Boston Celtics fell to a playoff contender, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Green and White, 93-86. Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 22 points, while Luol Deng led all scorers with 26 points.

* The Boston Celtics are now 30-24, and will attempt to snap their two-game losing skid on Saturday when they travel to Indiana for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins won their final regular season road contest on Thursday, as they defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-1. Boston will return to the TD Garden on Saturday for their last contest of the 2011-12 slate against the Buffalo Sabres.

* Finally, FC Dallas handed the New England Revolution their third loss of the season, as they defeated the local soccer squad, 1-0.

Daily Noontime – March 9, 2012

Boston has now won back-to-back games for the first time since January 10 and 12. (Photo Credit: Star-Telegram).

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another grand-slam edition of the Daily Noontime! We’ve got some news, updates and headlines, so let’s get rolling!

* The Boston Bruins earned their 40th win of the season on Thursday when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1. Gregory CampbellJohnny Boychuk  and David Krejci all scored goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 19 shots. The Bruins have now won back-to-back games for the first time since January, and will return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Washington Capitals at 1:00pm.

* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their one-game skid on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30pm. The Green and White are currently clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and would probably play against Chicago or Miami in the playoffs. However, there is still a decent amount of time remaining before the tournament begins, right?

* According to reports – former Boston Celtics guard-forward Gerald Green inked his name on a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team didn’t exactly recover from a slow start on Thursday during their first ACC tournament game, as North Carolina State handed them a 78-57 loss.

* Finally, the Providence College men’s ice hockey team shocked University of Massachusetts (Lowell) on Thursday in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals, 5-3.

Daily Noontime – March 8, 2012

Evan Turner's 26 points helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat Boston on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Philly.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news from the Hub.

* Philadelphia snapped Boston’s five-game winning streak on Wednesday, as the 76ers defeated the Celtics, 103-71. Evan Turner led all scorers with 26 points, while Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 16 points. Boston will return to the hardwood on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers.

* The Boston Bruins will look to build off their 5-4 victory against Toronto on Thursday when they host Buffalo at 7:00pm.

* Sources confirmed on Wednesday that Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille both skated on their own in Wilmington. Head coach Claude Julien told the media that having both of them on the ice is a “good sign.”

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team will begin their quest toward capturing an ACC tournament championship on Thursday when they tip-off against North Carolina State at 12:00pm. The Eagles ended their conference slate with a 4-12 record, as well as ended their 2011-12 campaign with 9-21 record.

* Finally, we’re a few days away from the start of a new MLS season, as the New England Revolution will kick-off their 2012 slate in San Jose on Saturday.

Daily Noontime – February 24, 2012

According to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, no news has been reported about Jason Varitek's future in the MLB! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, and before we break out into song and dance, let’s kick-start the weekend with some news and headlines from the Boston sports scene.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Friday evening when they skate against the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30pm. If the Black and Gold are able to salvage a win, they’d be able to earn their first back-to-back wins since January 10-12.

* The Boston Red Sox conducted their first official team workout on Thursday, as pitchers participated in live batting practice, so they could simulate pitching against an actual batter. Bobby Valentine was rather pleased with his numerous pitchers, especially Jon Lester and Daniel Bard. Also, GM Ben Cherington told the media that there was no current updates on team captain and catcher Jason Varitek, who is expected to make a decision on his big league career soon.

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told members of the media on Thursday that his “guarantees” were a mistake. He used that particular word to attempt to motivate his team, especially since Gang Green reached the AFC Championship contest twice over the past three seasons. Although, the head coach seems confident that the Jets will be able to turn the page, continue to have fun, and focus on the overall goal — winning a championship.

* The Harvard University men’s basketball team will return to the hardwood on Friday evening when they welcome the Princeton University Tigers to Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7:00pm. The Tigers defeated the Crimson earlier this season, as well as knocked Harvard out of the ESPN/USA Top-25 poll, too.

Daily Noontime – February 23, 2012

Kevin Durant proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news from the Boston/New England sports world, enjoy.

* Oklahoma City proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics, as the Thunder prevailed, 119-104. Boston managed to outscore Oklahoma City in the third frame, but struggled to contain Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who combined for 59 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 23 points each. Boston will enjoy a few days off until they return to the court next week, as they travel to Cleveland for 7:00pm tip on Feb. 28.

* The Boston Bruins regrouped on Wednesday, and earned an important 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues. Brad Marchand netted two of the teams goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 30 shots between the pipes. The Black and Gold will continue their six-game swing on Friday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Buffalo for a 7:30pm face-off.

* The Boston Red Sox will conduct their first positional players workout on Thursday, which according to some sources is anticlimactic, especially since a majority of them showed up earlier this week. However, reports have confirmed that Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement on Thursday about his plans for the upcoming season. It’s uncertain if he’ll elect to join the Sox for the upcoming year or what he’ll do, but again, this long awaited free agent saga should come to an end soon.

Daily Noontime – February 9, 2012

Neither Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask could stop Buffalo's offense on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime. Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the day!

* The Buffalo Sabres walloped the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening, 6-0 in upstate New York. Both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas surrendered three goals, as well as combined for 23 saves, while Boston’s offense tallied 36 shots on Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Also, this was the second time in February that the Bruins have finished the game with a “goose egg” on the scoreboard. Boston will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Nashville for a 1:00pm face-off.

* Boston College’s men’s basketball team stunned No. 17 Florida State on Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, as they overcame a slow start to defeat the Seminoles, 64-60. Freshman Jordan Daniels led the Eagles with 21 points, as well as provided four trifectas and five assists. The Eagles are now 8-16 overall, and 3-7 in ACC play.

* The Boston Celtics will look to continue their winning ways on Thursday when they host the Los Angles Lakers for an 8:00pm tip-off. The Green and White are currently riding a five-game winning streak, while the Lakers have lost two of their last three contests.

* Doc Rivers was one happy father on Wednesday evening, as he watched Austin Rivers sink the game-winning three-pointer for Duke, which lifted the Blue Devils past the North Carolina Tar Heels, 85-84.

Boston Bruins Schedule on National Television in 2011-2012

The Bruins will begin their preparations toward another Stanley Cup, but in the mean time, it's important to point out that they'll indeed be seen a great deal this season on National TV!

By NoontimeSports.com

The NHL released its national television schedule on Thursday and yes, the Boston Bruins will be accounted for a majority of their games. Here’s a list of games the Bruins will be playing this season, which will be carried by NBC Sports or Versus.

* Detroit at Boston (Nov. 25, 2011) – 1:00pm eastern

* Boston at Philadelphia (Jan. 22, 2012) – 3:00pm eastern

* Boston at Minnesota (Feb. 19, 2012) – 3:00pm eastern

* Boston at New York Rangers (Mar. 4, 2012) – 3:00pm eastern

* Boston at Pittsburgh (Mar. 11, 2012) – 7:30pm eastern

* Boston at New York Rangers (Apr. 1, 2012) – 3:oopm eastern

* Buffalo at Boston (Apr. 7, 2012) – 3:00pm eastern

Boston Wins Game 3, Beats Philadelphia, 5-1

Chara's two goals helped Boston prevail, 5-1 against the Flyers in Game 3!

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at the TD Garden and now, the question remains, can the men dressed in Black and Gold win one more game? That’s right, can they actually end this series on Friday and move onto the Eastern Conference Finals?

Friends, I am going to say, yes, the Boston Bruins will indeed win Game 4 and put any remaining nightmares from last May to rest.

So, what exactly happened in Game 3? How did the Bruins win and Flyers lose?

Well, the Bruins dominated and scored at least one goal in each period. Zdeno Chara was responsible for two scores, while Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Daniel Paile took care of the rest.

Tim Thomas saved 37-of-38 shots between the pipes and finally, Boston earned their first power play goal of the playoffs, when Chara scored on a 5-on-3 in the closing minutes of the third period.

Yes, they are 1-for-31, but now the monkey is off their back and they can officially say, “we scored on the power play.”

As for the Flyers, well, this wasn’t exactly a perfect game. Both Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher split time defending the cage, while their offense and defense played incredibly timid.

Sure, the Flyers displayed their true grit and toughness, which resulted in five penalties. Andrej Meszaros scored Philadelphia’s only goal of the game, but again, the Flyers appeared un-attentive, which certainly was a major reason for them losing their third game in a row.

Although, while Game 3 was an exciting 5-1 victory, it’s time to turn the page and get ready for yet another “knock-out” game. Boston is [1-0] in the playoffs this year when their opponent is “on the ropes,” so I do wonder if Philadelphia will give it their all on Friday or pack it in for another year?

I believe they can beat the Flyers, but let’s be honest; Philadelphia won’t go down without a fight.

Against the Buffalo Sabres in the opening round, Philadelphia lost Game 5, but battled back to win Games 6 and 7, as well as punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but against Boston, no one expected the Flyers to play this bad.

Before the puck was dropped at the Garden for Game 3, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette told the media that he was determined that his team would win this series. Although, he’s probably somewhat worried now, especially how his team is starring a 0-3 deficit.

So, I do have to pose the question, which is will the Flyers do what they did last year and win four games in a row or actually let the Bruins win Game 4?

Hockey is a game of momentum and while the Bruins indeed hold the series lead, one goal can really change a series. If Philadelphia wants to play another game on their home ice, as well as sport their ugly Orange Crush uniforms, then they’ll have to win Game 4, as well as steal all the momentum away from Boston.

Who knows what will happen next, but in the meantime, Boston can definitely celebrate the fact that they are one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals.

NHL Playoffs: Onto the Semi-Finals!

By Brian Willwerth

Round one of the NHL playoffs is in the books, and what a round it was. If you like thrilling, heart-stopping action, we saw all of that, and a whole lot more. As the conference semifinals get underway Thursday night, here’s a look at what we’ve seen, and what lies ahead:

1.) Game Seven…..times four: 

There is nothing like a Game Seven in any sport.  So far, we’ve been blessed with four of them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  If that’s not enough, two of the decisive games went into overtime (won by the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks.)  Three of the four home teams won a seventh game, with the lone exception being the Tampa Bay Lightning, which sent the Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins packing Wednesday night.

2.) Sudden Death: 

The quarterfinals featured 14 overtime games – including two that went into double-overtime.  That’s the beauty of the playoffs. There are no ties. There are no shootouts. Next goal wins. And they’ll play all night if they have to in order to get a winner. The Bruins won three of their four games against Montreal in OT.  Nathan Horton had two of the game-winners. Can you imagine if longtime Penguins’ announcer Mike Lange were calling all of these OT games?  If you don’t know who he is, look up some of his greatest calls on YouTube.  You’ll be happy you did.

3.) Other notables:

*The top-seeded Canucks survived a major scare from the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, needing an overtime goal in Game 7 to survive.

*The San Jose Sharks rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat the Kings in Game 3.

*The Lightning started their rally from a 3-1 series deficit by hanging an 8-spot on the Pens. The Blackhawks scored 7 in a game against the Canucks.

*The Nashville Predators are in the conference semifinals for the first time ever.

Now for a look ahead to the second-round matchups:

EAST: (2) Flyers vs. (3) Bruins

Okay, I might as well get the obvious storyline out of the way. This is a rematch of last year’s matchup, which featured either an epic Boston collapse or a remarkable Philadelphia comeback, depending on your point of view.  Both of these teams needed seven games to dispatch their first-round opponents.

The series doesn’t start until Saturday afternoon, so both teams have a couple of days to catch their collective breaths. The Bruins will be out for revenge.

For a key stat: Look no further than the power play. The Bruins went 0-for-21 in the series against Montreal, yet still won the series.  Philadelphia gave up seven power-play goals to Buffalo in the opening round. Can Boston finally find a way to score with the man advantage?

 EAST: (1) Capitals vs. (5) Lightning

The Caps have had plenty of time to rest, while Tampa Bay came from behind to knock off Pittsburgh in seven games. Dwayne Roloson has been outstanding in goal for the Lightning. He’ll have to be just as good against the high-powered Washington attack led by Alex Ovechkin. It’s been 13 years since the Caps last went to the Eastern Conference Finals. Tampa Bay is coming off its first series win since 2004, when they won the Stanley Cup.

 WEST: (1) Canucks vs. (5) Predators

With the Canadiens out of the mix, the rabid hockey fans north of the border will be focused on the Canucks. Vancouver blew a 3-0 series lead against Chicago, then survived a complete collapse with an overtime victory in Game Seven. But the bottom line is, they advanced.  Now they face a Nashville team coming off its first-ever playoff series win. The Predators did split the season series with the Canucks, so the Preds know they have the ability to knock off the top seed in the West.  Based on what these two teams have done so far in the postseason, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see this series go six or seven.

 WEST: (2) Sharks vs. (3) Red Wings

It seems like it’s been an eternity since we last heard from the Red Wings. That’s what happens when you sweep your first-round opponent; you get to watch the rest of the action from the sidelines for awhile. The Wings looked better in the first round than the Sharks did. San Jose goalie Antti Niemi was pulled twice in the series against the Kings.  Will Detroit continue to steamroll through another opponent?